WATCH: Ronaldo appears in video for World Refugee Day

Cristiano Ronaldo took part in a Save the Children video to help raise awareness of World Refugee Day, June 20.

The video tells the story of a child refugee called Zainab and is told by four children. Ronaldo, currently playing for Portugal in the Confederations Cup in Russia, said it was a video he wanted everyone to see.

There are 65 million displaced people around the world, which according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an increase of over 300,000 from last year.

This included 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million uprooted within their countries and 2.8 million asylum seekers. Children under 18 make up just over half the refugee population.

UNHCR say that there were 2 million new asylum claims in 2016.

Germany received the highest number, followed by the United States, Italy and Turkey. Unaccompanied or separated children - mainly Afghans and Syrians - lodged some 75,000 applications in 70 countries in 2016. But this is thought to be an underestimate as the data is incomplete.

Developing countries host 84 per cent of the world's refugees, according to UNHCR figures.

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